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OPERATION AURORA - The Attack from China (A Must read)
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:08:17 PM »
I feel I should use this opportunity after my long absence from this forum to inform everyone about the latest internet attack which has devastated even giants like Google and Microsoft.

McAfee Labs has has disclosed on their security blog that “it is working around the clock’ and ‘diving deep’  to unravel the latest attack which it has dubbed “Aurora” that hit multiple companies and was publicly disclosed by Google on Tuesday.

The latest malware exploits a previously unknown vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer. The organisation says it has informed Microsoft about the issue and this prompted Microsoft to publish an advisory on Thursday afternoon.

On its blog, Microsoft says, “Based upon our investigations, we have determined that Internet Explorer was one of the vectors used in targeted and sophisticated attacks against Google and possibly other corporate networks.  Today, Microsoft issued guidance to help customers mitigate a Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability in Internet Explorer.

Google says the attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses–including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors–have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.


 The German Government has even asked its citizens not to use Internet Explorer.

Read the full report, possible solutions and you can protect yourself here:
http://www.gbconcepts.net/blog/?p=106